I hail from the magnificent, beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. As a child growing up in the rural outskirts of Asheville, I was fortunate to have early prolonged exposure to the outdoors which helped to lay the groundwork for the plant person I am today. I received both my Associates in Arts and high school diploma from Buncombe County Early College in 2014 before packing up and moving to Raleigh to start school at North Carolina State University. During my time as a student I had the opportunity to intern at a handfull of public gardens in the Southeast including The Biltmore Estate, The North Carolina Arboretum, and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Through my studies I also was introduced to the Natural Learning Initiative, an evidence based design firm located within NC State's College of Design. There, I worked on participatory design within the Raleigh community and developed curriculum to strengthen connections between children and their outdoor learning environments. In 2017 I graduated from NC State with a Bachelors in Horticultural Science, with a concentration in landscape design. After graduation, I headed to Pennsylvania to intern at The Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College. Following Scott, I moved back down south and took on a temporary gardening position at the Juniper Level Botanical Gardens. In October of 2018 I left the good ol' land of the pines to serve as the 2018-2019 curatorial scholar at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in Israel. Now that I'm home I'm continuing to explore what it means to garden in new and exciting ways.